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5 Easy Steps to Unclog the Drain

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A clogged drain is one of the annoying house repairs any homeowner dreads. May it be your sink, your bathtub or your toilet, a clogged drain isn’t always as simple as it looks. That being said, we are here to tell you how to unclog any drain and happily watch that water flow freely and quickly.

Clogged drains are too much trouble. It requires your immediate attention because if not dealt with, you will have a flood on your hands. Although it’s not always fun to unclog a drain, it is necessary that you know a few of these tricks to clear the drain without having to call a Master Plumber. Luckily, we have the easy steps for you.

1.Pour hot, boiling water. When you see that water’s not flowing continuously, the first thing to do would be to pour boiling water in the drain. If it gets unclogged, then that means that the cause of the blockage is only grease or anything that can easily be dissolved by hot water.

Keep in mind that this step only works if your pipes are metal. PVC pipes can soften or even melt if the temperature of the water is over 175 degrees. If in case you’re not aware of what your pipes are, just pour hot, not boiling, water.

2.Know how to make a home cleaner with inexpensive things that you readily have. Baking soda and vinegar are the only things you need to unclog your drain. If you are trying to unclog your sink or bathtub, then simply pour half a cup of that baking soda. Once it is placed, pour some of that vinegar. It will fizz and create bubble so have a cover ready to make sure that all that fizzing happens only in the pipes.

However, it is going to be a different approach to toilets. Once you have all that baking soda and vinegar in there, immediately flush it with water. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes then start flushing again with hot water.

An Alka-Seltzer can also work but not as powerful.

3.If none of the steps work, then it’s time to bring the plumber’s helper – the plunger. For sinks and bathtubs, you can use the cup plungers. Before plunging, make sure to cover the overflow drain so that all the water will be forced to go down the drain and not escape through your sink or bathtub’s overflow drain. If, by any chance, you don’t have any plunger, you can use an empty milk or juice carton. Just place it upside down then squeeze.

Cup plungers are not the best tool for toilets though. You would want to have a flange or a toilet plunger, which you can purchase at any hardware store. Before plunging, make sure that the plunger is placed perfectly on the drain opening and that it’s sealed properly.

4.If the drain still won’t clear, then you would now have to snake it. You can use a bent wire coat hanger or you can buy a snake from your department store. The homemade snake is only for small clogs and is light duty. If you know that you have to clear more and that the clog is way down there, it would be best to just buy a snake or a handheld drain auger.

5.When everything else fails then the last resort would be chemical drain cleaners. Remember that they’re not environment friendly and are not very effective with clogs that need plungers or snakes; but if lucky, it may clear the blockage. Use chemical drain cleaners with caution.

If you still end up with a toilet, sink or bathtub that you cannot use after doing all these, then your best bet is to call your trusted plumber. You may have a clog that is beyond the reach of your snake or any other tools. Do not hesitate to contact your local plumbing company and discuss your concern with them